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Students must choose a major subject and may choose a minor subject. Students may also select from one of seven concentrations, which are offered to enhance a student's work in the major or minor and to focus work on a specific area of interest.

Concentrations are an intentional cluster of courses already offered by various academic departments or through general programs. These courses may also be cross-listed in several academic departments. Therefore, when registering for a course that counts toward a concentration, a student should register for the course listed in her major or minor department. If the concentration course is not listed in her major or minor department, the student may enroll in any listing of that course.

Fall 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARAB B003-001Second Year Modern Standard ArabicSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFDalton Hall 6Darwish,M., Perry,F.
Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 6
HEBR B001-001Elementary HebrewSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall, Seminar RoomSataty,N.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTHTaylor Hall, Seminar Room
HIST B123-001The Early Medieval WorldSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHTaylor Hall ETruitt,E.
HIST B234-001An Introduction to Middle Eastern HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHTaylor Hall BAshraf,A.

Spring 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARAB B004-001Second-Year Modern Standard ArabicSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFCollege Hall 118Darwish,M., Darwish,M., Teaching Assistant,T.
Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHCollege Hall 118
HART B217-001Introduction to Medieval Islamic Art and ArchitectureSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHCollege Hall 224Brey,A.
HEBR B002-001Elementary HebrewSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall, Seminar RoomSataty,N.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTHTaylor Hall, Seminar Room
HIST B128-001Crusade, Conversion and ConquestSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHCollege Hall 111Truitt,E.
HIST B373-001Topics: History of the Middle East: Gender & SexualitySemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TDalton Hall 10Ashraf,A.
POLS B283-001Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North AfricaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 119Fenner,S.
POLS B360-001Islam and PoliticsSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TDalton Hall 2Fenner,S.

Fall 2018

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2017-18 Catalog Data

ARAB B003 Second Year Modern Standard Arabic
Fall 2017
Combines intensive oral practice with writing and reading in the modern language. The course aims to increase students' expressive ability through the introduction of more advanced grammatical patterns and idiomatic expressions. Introduces students to authentic written texts and examples of Arabic expression through several media. Prerequisite: ARAB H002 or placement by instructor.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARAB B004 Second-Year Modern Standard Arabic
Spring 2018
Combines intensive oral practice with writing and reading in the modern language. The course aims to increase students' expressive ability through the introduction of more advanced grammatical patterns and idiomatic expressions. Introduces students to authentic written texts and examples of Arabic expression through several media. Prerequisite: ARAB B003 or placement.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B104 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions
Not offered 2017-18
This course examines the archaeology of the two most fundamental changes that have occurred in human society in the last 12,000 years, agriculture and urbanism, and we explore these in Egypt and the Near East as far as India. We also explore those societies that did not experience these changes.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Geoarchaeology
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B230 Archaeology and History of Ancient Egypt
Not offered 2017-18
A survey of the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt from the Pre-Dynastic through the Graeco-Roman periods, with special emphasis on Egypt's Empire and its outside connections, especially the Aegean and Near Eastern worlds.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B240 Archaeology and History of Ancient Mesopotamia
Not offered 2017-18
A survey of the material culture of ancient Mesopotamia, modern Iraq, from the earliest phases of state formation (circa 3500 B.C.E.) through the Achaemenid Persian occupation of the Near East (circa 331 B.C.E.). Emphasis will be on art, artifacts, monuments, religion, kingship, and the cuneiform tradition. The survival of the cultural legacy of Mesopotamia into later ancient and Islamic traditions will also be addressed.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East
Not offered 2017-18
A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B123 The Early Medieval World
Fall 2017
The first of a two-course sequence introducing medieval European history. The chronological span of this course is from the early 4th century and the Christianization of the Roman Empire to the early 10th century and the disintegration of the Carolingian Empire. This course number was previously HIST B223.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B104 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions
Not offered 2017-18
This course examines the archaeology of the two most fundamental changes that have occurred in human society in the last 12,000 years, agriculture and urbanism, and we explore these in Egypt and the Near East as far as India. We also explore those societies that did not experience these changes.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Geoarchaeology
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East
Not offered 2017-18
A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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COML B225 Censorship: Historical Contexts, Local Practices and Global Resonance
Not offered 2017-18
The course is in English. It examines the ban on books and art in a global context through a study of the historical and sociopolitical conditions of censorship practices. The course raises such questions as how censorship is used to fortify political power, how it is practiced locally and globally, who censors, what are the categories of censorship, how censorship succeeds and fails, and how writers and artists write and create against and within censorship. The last question leads to an analysis of rhetorical strategies that writers and artists employ to translate the expression of repression, trauma, and torture into idioms of resistance. German majors/minors can get German Studies credit. Prerequisite: EMLY B001 or a 100-level intensive writing course.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B123 The Early Medieval World
Fall 2017
The first of a two-course sequence introducing medieval European history. The chronological span of this course is from the early 4th century and the Christianization of the Roman Empire to the early 10th century and the disintegration of the Carolingian Empire. This course number was previously HIST B223.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B104 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions
Not offered 2017-18
This course examines the archaeology of the two most fundamental changes that have occurred in human society in the last 12,000 years, agriculture and urbanism, and we explore these in Egypt and the Near East as far as India. We also explore those societies that did not experience these changes.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Geoarchaeology
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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COML B225 Censorship: Historical Contexts, Local Practices and Global Resonance
Not offered 2017-18
The course is in English. It examines the ban on books and art in a global context through a study of the historical and sociopolitical conditions of censorship practices. The course raises such questions as how censorship is used to fortify political power, how it is practiced locally and globally, who censors, what are the categories of censorship, how censorship succeeds and fails, and how writers and artists write and create against and within censorship. The last question leads to an analysis of rhetorical strategies that writers and artists employ to translate the expression of repression, trauma, and torture into idioms of resistance. German majors/minors can get German Studies credit. Prerequisite: EMLY B001 or a 100-level intensive writing course.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HART B217 Introduction to Medieval Islamic Art and Architecture
Spring 2018
This course traces the development of Islamic art and architecture beginning with the emergence of Islam in the early seventh century and ending with the Mongol invasion and the fall of the Abbasid Empire in the mid-thirteenth century. Special attention is paid to issues of particular importance to medieval Islamic art, including aniconism (the rejection of figural imagery in artistic production), the role of script as an expressive art form, and the relationship of early Islamic art to the artistic traditions of other late antique and medieval cultures. Prerequisites: At least one course in History of Art at the 100 or 200 level, or a course in Middle Eastern Studies at the 100 or 200 level is recommended but not required.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HEBR B001 Elementary Hebrew
Fall 2017
This year-long course is designed to teach beginners the skills of reading, writing, and conversing in Modern Hebrew. It will provide students with knowledge of the Hebrew writing system - its alphabet (Square letters for reading, cursive for writing) and vocalization - as well as core aspects of grammar and syntax. Diverse means will be utilized: Textbook, supplementary printed material, class conversations, presentations by students of dialogues or skits that they prepare in advance, and written compositions. This course, followed by Semesters 3 and 4 taken elsewhere, lays a foundation for reading of Modern Hebrew literary works.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HEBR B002 Elementary Hebrew
Spring 2018
This is a continuation of HEBR B001, year-long course is designed to teach beginners the skills of reading, writing, and conversing in Modern Hebrew. It will provide students with knowledge of the Hebrew writing system - its alphabet (Square letters for reading, cursive for writing) and vocalization - as well as core aspects of grammar and syntax. Diverse means will be utilized: Textbook, supplementary printed material, class conversations, presentations by students of dialogues or skits that they prepare in advance, and written compositions. This course, followed by Semesters 3 and 4 taken elsewhere, lays a foundation for reading of Modern Hebrew literary works.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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POLS B283 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
Spring 2018
This course is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the politics of the region, using works of history, political science, political economy, film, and fiction as well as primary sources.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B123 The Early Medieval World
Fall 2017
The first of a two-course sequence introducing medieval European history. The chronological span of this course is from the early 4th century and the Christianization of the Roman Empire to the early 10th century and the disintegration of the Carolingian Empire. This course number was previously HIST B223.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B128 Crusade, Conversion and Conquest
Spring 2018
A thematic focus course exploring the nature of Christian religious expansion and conflict in the medieval period. Based around primary sources with some background readings, topics include: early medieval Christianity and conversion; the Crusades and development of the doctrines of "just war" and "holy war"; the rise of military order such as the Templars and the Teutonic Kings; and later medieval attempts to convert and colonize Eastern Europe.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B210 From Empire to Nation-State in the Middle East
Not offered 2017-18
The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the history of the Middle East from the late 18th century until the present. Islam and the classical Ottoman period will be discussed to provide the requisite background for the modern period. From the late Ottoman period onward, we will consider the impact of a series of events - from the incorporation of the Empire into a global economic system, to the rise of ethnic and national politics, the Ottoman reform movement, colonial expansion, the dissolution of the Empire, the emergence of the modern system of states, the Cold War, and the collapse of Soviet power. We will conclude with a discussion of the Arab Spring. Emphasis will be placed on links, continuity, and transitions during this two-hundred year period.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B234 An Introduction to Middle Eastern History
Fall 2017
This course serves as an introduction to the history of the modern Middle East. We will also explore the narratives and debates that have shaped the field of Middle East history. Topics include orientalism, colonialism, political reform, social, cultural, and intellectual movements, nationalism, and the Cold War. Readings will be drawn from the fields of history, anthropology, politics, and literature.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East
Not offered 2017-18
A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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POLS B283 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
Spring 2018
This course is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the politics of the region, using works of history, political science, political economy, film, and fiction as well as primary sources.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B351 Intoxicated Identities: Alcohol Consumption in Mod Mideast
Not offered 2017-18
This class aims to show not only that people in the Middle East drink, that is irrefutable, but that the reasons why they did so provide an interesting prism through which to view the history of the region. It will show that the alcohol consumption habits of residents of the Middle East between the years 600 and the present can serve as an excellent entry point for the discussion of many important historiographical issues including constructions of masculinity and femininity, identity formation, youth culture, leisure, and class formation.
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B373 Topics: History of the Middle East
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Gender & Sexuality
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Three Empires of Islam
Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East: An exploration of how the histories of gender and sexuality of the Middle East have been written. The course will highlight continuities and changes in norms, practices, and identities from the early modern to the modern periods. Topics include law, crime, sociability, visual culture, colonialism, nationalism, and medicine.

Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East
Not offered 2017-18
A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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POLS B283 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
Spring 2018
This course is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the politics of the region, using works of history, political science, political economy, film, and fiction as well as primary sources.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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POLS B360 Islam and Politics
Spring 2018
This course will strive to answer but also to critique common questions about the role of Islam in political life: Is Islam compatible with democracy? Is Islam bad for women's or minority rights? Does Islam cause violence? Will including Islamist organizations in democratic politics induce them to moderate their views? And what are the political consequences of asking and debating such questions? More broadly, this course will consider evolving approaches to culture, religion, and ideology in political science, exploring not just the effect of Islam on politics but also the ways in which politics have shaped the Islamic tradition over time. This course is open to all students who have the prerequisites. It also serves as a thesis prep course for political science senior majors. Prerequisite: POLS B283 or instructor consent.
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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